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GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X-Gaming 8 Motherboard Review

On the benching stand today is GIGABYTE’s new Z270X-Gaming 8, which comes in one step down from their gaming flagship. Everything, except the kitchen sink, was seemingly included with this motherboard. Integrated water cooling, dual Gigabit LAN, built-in Wi-Fi, and plenty more grace the Gaming 8. Let’s dig in to the details and see everything GIGABYTE brought to the table.
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ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex Motherboard Review

Intel has recently released Union Point, the Z270 chipset, for their new desktop CPU lineup. ASUS has taken this opportunity to redefine their motherboard lineup a bit and go back to their ROG roots with the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex. The Apex line is made specifically with a eye on overclocking, particularly extreme overclocking, when looking at its feature set. Never fear! Enthusiasts, Gamers, and RGB LED lovers will not be forgotten either! Read on to see some of the great features the Apex has and we will look into its performance and overclocking. Read More

EVGA Z270 Classified K Motherboard Review

Never fear folks, I’m back again after a short break from reviews. Today I bring to the benching stand EVGA’s newest flagship motherboard, the Z270 Classified K. Loaded with features and ready to overclock, this motherboard should be a real winner for our community. Sit down, get comfy, it’s time to dig in. Read More

EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 Gaming iCX Video Card Review

EVGA has been on the forefront of GPU technology since it came on the scene back in 1999. Fast forward numerous years and accolades later, we come to another turning point, a deeper integration of the GPU with their new iCX Technology. This new integration will help keep cards cool where it needs to be cooled allowing for better control of thermals and fan noise. The first implementation of this technology comes in the form of the EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2 Gaming iCX sporting the new iCX cooler, an evolution of their formidable ACX cooling solution. Read More

MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review

Our next Z270 based board we will review is from MSI and is their current flagship board in the MSI Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium. If you remember our review of the Z170 version from way back in 2015, they managed to merge both a quality gaming motherboard, and a very solid overclocking motherboard into one pretty cool Titanium/Silver motherboard. While not much has changed going from Z170 to Z270, we’ll look at some of the features on the board, and make sure it still performs with the rest of them. Grab a soda, sit back, and enjoy! Read More

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Formula Motherboard Review

Now that Kaby Lake is out, we are starting to see Intel’s board partners, like ASUS, coming out with their Z270 lineup. In our hands right now we have the ROG Maximus IX Formula (MIXF moving forward). This board promises to be solid, in (no particular order) overclocking, gaming, and in the aesthetics/looks area with its liberal use of shrouds and RGB LED’s that everyone loves these days. Take a look below at the specifications, features, and see how the MIXF fared in our testing! Read More

Intel i7-7700K Kaby Lake CPU Review

It seems like only yesterday we were reviewing the Skylake CPU, but it turns out that was nearly 17 months ago! Back then, Skylake was the “tock” of Intel’s “tick-tock” release strategy, but recent times has seen them add a phase to this, almost a tick, tock, and refine. Since we have seen the tock, we now expect even further refinement. Queue the 7th generation of Intel CPUs, dubbed, Kaby Lake (pronounced KAY-BEE). Read More

ASUS ROG Strix Gaming GTX 1080 Video Card Review

Today we will be reviewing our first ASUS GPU in the Pascal line, believe it or not! We will start out with their current 1080 flagship, the ROG Strix Gaming GTX 1080 OC. The ROG Strix series promises to be highly overclocked out of the box with its DirectCU III cooler, and has some fully customizeable RGB LED’s on it as well some pretty good looks. Let’s take a gander at some details and see what changes ASUS has made and how they shake out. Read More

SilverStone Primera Series PM01 Review

SilverStone has always been a staple with enthusiast community and are known for their bold cases and clean lines. The Primera is no exception, Translating to “First” or “First Class” in Spanish, it is already staking claim to what we can expect from it. Read More

Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8G Video Card Review

Today we will cover only our second Polaris 10 based card to date, another RX 480, but this time from Gigabyte. The Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming 8G brings a more robust VRM and newer Windforce cooler to keep things cool and quiet. Did I mention it has a sizable overclock from the factory? It does! If that sounds interesting, scroll on down, take a look at more details, and see how it performed in our testing suite! Read More

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